My Favorite Part
Most races in SF go along the waterfront and Golden Gate Bridge (for good reason!), but the 2nd Half is a chance to see other parts of the city beautiful in their own way, like Haight/Ashbury, Mission Bay, and of course Golden Gate Park. After running the 1st Half last year, I enjoyed picking up the course where I left off and grabbing the Half It All Challenge Medal as an extra perk.
The 2nd Half aid stations could use improvement for next year -- I don't think I saw a single station with sports drink, several were behind on water, and there was no more GU left. I also only saw 3 2nd Half mile markers in the 13 miles of the course -- having a complete set of mile markers would make it feel less second-class. I also hope the race reconsiders this year's surprise of giving out my email address to sponsors for their marketing emails.
Tips for Future Participants
The 2nd Half start line is tricky to get to, since the other races are already underway and it can take a while for traffic to cross 26th and 27th streets which are part of the course. So make sure to leave ample time, or you'll be running before you even start the race.